A Favorite Family Resort & Vacation Community on Scenic 30A and in South Walton 

Watercolor, FL, is one of the largest planned beach communities along Scenic 30A, uniquely situated between two of the area's largest state parks, Grayton Beach State Park and Point Washington State Forest. Established in 1999 by the St. Joe Company and spanning about 500 acres of land, the sprawling coastal community features gorgeous scenic views of both the Gulf of Mexico and Western Lake. 


Nestled between Grayton Beach and Seaside, the town wraps around behind Seaside and Seagrove Beach, extending the community beyond the waterfront. 

Architectural Style

As the name suggests, Watercolor incorporates a coastal style with a broad mix of colors inspired by the Gulf waters and lush natural surroundings. Other influences are Old Florida Cottages and French Colonial, Dutch, English, Spanish, and Southern styles. Most homes are open-concept floor plans with tall, vaulted ceilings, large glass windows, and spacious balconies wrapping around the homes. These balconies are ideal for viewing the gorgeous panoramic views of sunrise and sunset, sunbathing, and hosting large family gatherings.

Centering homes around the natural landscape provides the ideal basis for merging the outdoors with the indoors, using open and airy concepts that bring in lots of natural light to keep the coastal feel of the well-preserved area. 

Real Estate Options 

There are over 1,100 homes divided into neighborhood phases, each with amenities accessible through a short walk. And over 100 condos are located around Town Center or directly on the Beachfront. 

For those interested in purchasing homes in Watercolor, each neighborhood has a few distinct differences, but all homes emphasize open space and preserve the surrounding nature. Watercolor is the perfect place for those with large families and a love for nature.  Search Available Homes in Watercolor

Watercolor's Unique Features

The designers and developers of Watercolor heavily accounted for the tall coastal dunes surrounding the area. All construction was purposefully built behind these natural barriers to help keep the natural scenery of Watercolor well-preserved. With an emphasis on preserving the natural surroundings, nearly half of the 500 acres remain untouched.

Owners and guests can also enjoy exploring one of South Walton’s rare geographical features, Western Lake, a Coastal Dune Lake. The lake connects the town with Grayton Beach State Park and even stretches into Seagrove Beach through canals. These stunning water views can be best appreciated by way of a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard. 

Compared to neighboring beach communities, Watercolor is much larger in size, with more wooded and wetland areas than beachfront property. The beach at Watercolor is private, so the beach access is not open to the general public. Owners and guests must own a residence or have an existing reservation in Watercolor to utilize services and access the beach.

Things to Do In Watercolor, FL

For guests looking to spend just a few nights away in a great beach town, The Watercolor Inn has 60 waterfront rooms available for reservations.

In the heart of Watercolor's downtown area, there are several restaurants and boutiques for catching a bite to eat or taking care of any last-minute shopping needs without ever leaving town! Some of the area's favorite breakfast and dining options include Scratch Biscuit Kitchen, Fish out of Water (FOO), Beach Happy Cafe, or Wine World before taking a stroll through Cerulean Park.

Beach chair rental services are available for owners and guests. The Bike Barn provides bicycle rentals for navigating the community’s extensive trail system, or leisurely strolls through many of Watercolor’s beautiful parks.

Camp Watercolor is a stunning aquatic area containing unique features such as the Butterfly pool with the Monarch slide, the Lazy Lizard pool, the Caterpillar pool, a lazy river, a children's play area, and a basketball court. The Canteen Restaurant Bar & Grill serves up easy to eat hand-held bites and a lifeguard on duty supervises all pools.

The Watercolor Beach Club has three pools with multiple decks for lounging and viewing the glistening waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The Beach Club offers poolside food service, and the Cabana rentals take your poolside experience to the next level with luxury services. All Watercolor amenities are reserved exclusively for guests and owners and are not available for public use.

For events such as weddings, receptions, or other private events, the Watercolor Lakehouse is the perfect venue for accommodating up to 250 guests indoors or 400 guests outdoors.

Why Watercolor is a Favorite Family Destination

There's something for every member of the family to enjoy, from delicious fine dining to adventurous and relaxing activities. Watercolor is well-known in the luxury resort industry by many travel guides like Forbes, Conde Nast, & Travel + Leisure, to name just a few. And it’s easy to see why, with a well-rounded variety of Southern hospitality and luxury experiences found in very few places along the Gulf Coast!


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